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... and then began a long climb up the Col De Mollard. At the top of this climb the pro riders earn points for the "King of the Mountain" points competition. The KOM is a competition within the 3-week TDF race. The rider who earns the most points wears the white and red polka dot jersey. Points are earned for being the one at the top of the most climbs. A rider may earn the most points yet not win the overall race.
For those of you not very familiar with Pro cycling and ...
... surrounding mountains as well as the valley below. The only down side is there was no shade and it was getting very hot.
After eating some lunch we walked around. We went to a small church right by the edge of the cliff. From here you could see part of the road up Lacets de Montvernier. I really wish we could have gone up this section but I will have to save that for another trip. We then made our way into the small town and I was very happy to cool off with some ice ...
... probably stood a good 10-12 feet and was made completely of hay. I am curious if this survives the winter or if this was just for the season.
From the top of the Telegraph we had a 3-4km decent and entered the great town of Valloire. This is a very nice little ski town with many hotels, restaurants and shop. We had no time to stop however as we still had a lot of climbing to do. Once leaving the town I saw our first kilometer marker of the day marking the ...
... The day was only ½ done so back on the
bike we climbed. During this ride the weather was clear, sunny and very hot for
the Alps. Avg temperatures were in the low 90s. Thankfully the humidity was
low. It was much better than riding in Austin in July and August. I tried to
stay focused on drinking and eating a lot throughout the day.
Our next climb, the Col des Aravia was short, only a few
miles, with an average incline of 3%. Our joke was that 3% ...
At the foot of Glandon the event was halted for 15mins whilst they choppered away somebody injured for a crash. Chris told me later that he was stopped on Glandon as well for 45mins for another chopper evacuation.
Glandon was uncomfortable for me but at least the scenery was magnificent, rolling green hills, craggy rocks, waterfalls, little forrests plus the odd village or two....made it interesting.